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PM defends his government’s record

Underlines importance of partnering with private sector to resolve unemployment

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
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AMMAN — Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh has defended his government’s record, saying that it had some setbacks and not all decisions taken were the right ones. He stressed that his government’s mission is not done yet. Khasawneh was speaking to Ammon News Tuesday in his first media interview since he became premier two years ago.اضافة اعلان

He said that the latest economic decisions taken by his government, including the customs duty reforms, aim at protecting local industries, and improve the competitiveness of the Jordanian industrial sector, adding that the new electricity tariff will end subsidies to non-Jordanians.

Khasawneh said that the government is working to resolve a number of issues related to failed projects including the Jordan Gate Towers near the Sixth Circle by injecting funds to complete the project.

Khasawneh denied that he visited Damascus secretly but said he had exchanged messages with his Syrian counterpart. He added that his government was sworn in at a difficult time and its priority was to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. He said that the second goal was to hold the legislative elections and finally to present the general budget.

Khasawneh said that the government had succeeded in the gradual reopening of all sectors leading to a safe summer followed by safe autumn and finally resuming in-person education.

The prime minister said that his government had embarked on a plan to fix the national economy and that it realizes that the only way to deal with unemployment is to partner with the private sector.

Khasawneh said he enjoys excellent working relationship with the head of the General Intelligence Directorate Maj. Gen. Ahmad Hosni but that sometimes there are differences in opinions. He added that all government bodies are concerned with protecting personal freedoms and that there should not be any detentions outside the rule of law.

The prime minister said that Jordanian media enjoys high level of freedom as well as the alternative media, like social media where there are cases of exaggerated and unjustified criticism. Khasawneh said that relations with Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the Gulf in general are excellent.

He defended the constitutional amendments and the formation of a National Security Council adding as the country reaches parliamentary governments in few years’ time there has to be guarantees that no party majority can dominate at the expense of high national interests.

Khasawneh said that the fate of the Jordanian Teachers Syndicate will be decided by the courts. He added that he feels enthusiastic about the new administrative city project but that it needs further studies and the devil is in the details.

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